LESSON: Luke 15:1-10
MESSAGE: “Seeking out the lamb”
This Sunday we’re continuing to look at the meaning of welcome in the Gospels. In our text, some critics are concerned that Jesus and the disciples are eating with those people who are outside of the right practice of faith – they use the word “sinners”. Jesus responds to them with a story of a shepherd seeking out a sheep that is lost and a woman who cleans the house looking for a valuable lost coin. It’s actually the whole of point of Jesus’ message to find those who are lost and bring them home.
The image created by that language might make us a little squeamish in the evangelism adverse New England mainline protestant church. Many years ago I remember hearing about a church that had considered using the name “Lost Little Lamb” and my initial thought was, “Yuck, I would never go to visit a church named that.” There’s a lot of baggage in this imagery. On Sunday we’ll see if we can flip this text over and see what it has to say to us today in our current climate of division and broken connections.
Blessings and peace to you this week,
Prelude: “Variations” Bartok
Anthem: “My Tribute” Crouch
Meditation: “Sekai no Tomo To” Koizumi
Postlude: “Impromptu on D” LeVines
We had a great time with our fun and games last Sunday. We have some really good riddle solvers.
This Sunday we have some great lessons. 10:15am to 11:00am
Will have lessons on Lost things.
A lost sheep and a lost coin. Bible verse Luke 15:1-10
Will meet in the room downstairs next to the kitchen.
3rd to 5th grade
Will meet in the room downstairs straight through to the back of the building.
Youth will have lessons on Lydia
Lydia is a not so famous person in the Bible. Bible verse Acts 16:13-15; 16:40
All grades 6th to 12th will meet downstairs in the big hall.
Our first study this fall is entitled The Jesus Fatwah: Love Your (Muslim) Neighbor as Yourself. We plan to begin the 5-week course on Sunday, September 22nd at 11:30 am in the Centenary room.
“Much of what passes as information about Islam is weed-like disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear. In The Jesus Fatwah (defined as “opinion”), Islamic and Christian scholars offer reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith, and how we all can be about building relationships across the lines of faith.”
The session format is similar to the thought-provoking Living the Questions courses we have enjoyed the last several years. Each 1-1.5 hour class includes a discussion about the week’s short reading, a 20-minute video presentation by Islamic and Christian scholars, and guided discussion about the DVD presentation.
If you have any questions, or would like an email copy of the first reading, please contact facilitators Carol or Bob Dutton, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-276-1392.
Come gather with us on Tuesday mornings as we gather to study the scripture passage for the upcoming Sunday. Next week’s text is Luke 9:11-13. We’ll be discussing the lead up to the feeding of the five thousand – what can we learn from this text before anything miraculous happens?
9 o’clock Singers
Rehearsal are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:00am – 9:45am . This is a “drop-in” choir; anyone is welcome to join us on any Sunday.
Next Choral Preview night
Thursday, October 3rd at 7:30pm. Please join us!
Drop in any Sunday Looking forward to a new season, and singing beautiful music together throughout this year! -Allen LeVines, Director of Music